peritrichous [puh-ri-tri-kuh s] ExamplesWord Origin adjective

  1. (of bacteria) having a uniform distribution of flagella over the body surface.
  2. (of certain protozoans) having cilia arranged spirally around the mouth.

Origin of peritrichous 1875–80; peri- + -trichous Greek -trichos -haired; see -tricha, -ous Examples from the Web for peritrichous Historical Examples of peritrichous

  • Sporogenous rodlets, drumstick-shaped:—Plectridium (Fischer), motile (peritrichous).

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 2


  • peritrichous in Medicine peritrichous [pə-rĭt′rĭ-kəs] adj.

    1. Of, relating to, or having cilia or other appendicular organs projecting from the periphery of a cell.
    2. Peritrichal.

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